After the celebrations surrounding Lewis Hamilton’s magnificent Formula One championship victory have died down the question of whether he can retain his title is starting to be asked.
Damon Hill was the last Brit to win the title when driving for Williams in 1996.
But amazingly he was then dropped by the team and rejected offers from several teams to sign for perennial backmarkers Arrows. He went on to race for the equally uncompetitive Jordan team and was never a serious title contender again.
Nigel Mansell was another Brit to have been world champion. He didn’t defend his 1992 victory the following season as he fell out with his team and retired from Formula One only to make a comeback in 1994.
There is little chance of Hamilton falling out with his McLaren team as he enjoys an excellent relationship with his bosses.
Damon Hill rates Hamilton’s chances of going one better than himself and Mansell by retaining his crown.
"He has got a world championship in the bank and I think he is going to be difficult to stop from now on," he said.
Written by James Christie